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Scholarships at University of Roma La Sapienza

The University of Rome “La Sapienza” offers 16 three year full-time postgraduate PhD positions with fellowship for attaining the degree of “Dottore di Ricerca” (PhD) in the Doctoral Schools listed in appendix. Each fellowship amounts to € 19.800,00 per year; this amount includes national insurance contributions (INPS) that fellowship recipients are required to pay (8,91% for 2011). The fellowship doesn’t cover the annual entrance fee and doesn’t increase for research periods spent abroad.

The PhD Programme lasts three years and may be extended to a fourth year (without grant), subject to approval by the School authorities. At the end of the first and second year of attendance, students have to be evaluated as proficient according to the rules of the Schools. 

Admission requirements
  • are not Italian citizens;
  • are not residents of Italy;
  • have obtained an academic qualification abroad by a non-Italian institution which satisfies the entrance requirements for admission to the Doctoral Programme, i.e., a degree equivalent to the Italian diploma di laurea/laurea specialistica/laurea magistrale, or expect to obtain it before 31 July 2011. The equivalence of each qualification to the relevant Italian degree will be ascertained (for the sole purpose of this competition) by the Academic Board of the Schools.
Selection and admissions
  • Applications will be evaluated on the basis of the documents listed in 5.2.
  • Successful applicants will be assigned to a Doctoral School.
  • Each Doctoral School will decide in which Programme (within those belonging to each School, see enclosure) to enroll the candidate on the basis of both his/her preferences and interests. 

Attainment of PhD
Students must attend the courses and the seminars offered by their Programme, pass the related examinations, and prepare a PhD dissertation, which must have original results. The PhD title is obtained at the end of the third year after the candidate dissertation and its positive evaluation made by an independent Jury appointed by the Rector. The discussion may be delayed with the approval of the School authorities, but not for more than one year. 

Applications and deadline
To submit the application candidates should e-mail to the address of the School of their choice (see Schools Directors e-mail list, enclosed):
1 a completed and signed application form available on the website page:
http://www.uniroma1.it/studenti/laureati/dottorati/default.php 

2 the following supporting documents:
  • a photocopy of their identity card or passport;
  • Curriculum vitae et studiorum in English;
  • a copy of degree certificate and list of exams with marks;
  • a declaration of advanced knowledge of English language;
  • a report on any research carried out by the candidate (if any);
  • a list of publications (if any);
  • any further qualification and information the candidate wishes to be taken into account;
  • a brief statement explaining his/her Doctoral School choice;
  • a description of the candidate’s scientific interests;
  • an outline of their short research project (if any).
  • two letters of reference by university professors or eminent researchers/experts of equivalent status; such letters must be sent directly to the Directors of the Schools (see e-mail addresses, enclosed). 
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